Spring Health Tips for Seniors

March 15, 2023 / Senior Living Community
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Senior couple walks outside with their dog on a nature trail. Discover 5 spring health tips for seniors.

They say spring is the season of change. From a change in weather to a change in pace, the spring season marks the beginning of something new and the opportunity to refocus on your health.

Rainy days during winter can make it difficult to stay active, eat healthy, and socialize. Feeling stuck inside all day can make it hard to walk, swim, or even get to an indoor gym. Now that the sun is returning and the flowers are beginning to bloom, it's a great time to refocus on your health goals.

5 Spring Health Tips for Seniors

Not sure where to begin? These five health tips will get you started as you emerge from the winter cocoon.

Eat Fresh Local Foods

Take advantage of the fresh produce! Eating seasonal foods is an important part of staying healthy. Adding color to your plate can help ensure you get enough plant foods, which means plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Furthermore, the warmer weather offers the opportunity to lighten up your diet. Many people tend to enjoy warm, hearty meals during winter. The resurgence of spring brings an array of in-season fruits and vegetables to choose from. 

Tend to Seasonal Allergies

Spring is notoriously the worst allergy season, and most  Americans suffer more in spring than at any other time of year. 
Be mindful of the daily pollen count, and close windows or doors when pollen is predicted to be high.  Older adults need to talk with their doctor before taking over-the-counter allergy medications as they can interact with other medicines or chronic ailments, such as high blood pressure. 

Prioritize Time Outdoors

The longer days make it easier to get outside, even if it's only for twenty minutes. Whether you take up gardening or enjoy your morning coffee on the patio, the sun can do wonders for your mental health. According to Cleveland Clinic, moderate sun exposure is recommended for seniors at risk of low vitamin D  levels. Sunshine is clinically shown to protect against depression and insomnia and can strengthen bones.

Remember to wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing and avoid long periods of high sun exposure. 

Ease Into Exercise

If you find it hard to stay active during winter, you're not alone. While the sunshine may make you want to jump back into an exercise regimen, it's important to take it slow. A daily walk outside is an easy and safe way to reintroduce physical activity back into your routine.

There are so many health benefits from this low-impact exercise, such as improved mood, increased energy, better sleep, and more! 

Drink More Water

Ensure you're drinking enough water, especially if you're exercising more. American  Physiological Society claims that those who drink more water reap more cognitive benefits from exercising. Dehydration is more common than you may think but can easily be avoided by increasing your water intake. Try taking a water bottle with you when you exercise, socialize, or anytime you leave your home. You'll never get dehydrated if you always have your water bottle nearby!

Spring into Health!

The winter season is ending and the spring season is here. There's no better time to focus on your health than now. Take advantage of warmer days and the motivation to leave your home and reprioritize healthy eating, gentle movement, and getting plenty of water and you'll feel a renewed "spring" in your step too!


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